When you come to the guitar later in life, you begin to notice a fascinating pattern of players just like you who choose to learn The Blues, too.
Now, I’m not all that old — in fact, when I’m asked my age I routinely reply, “Twelve…” — but there is no doubt that those who take up the guitar later in life are drawn to learning The Blues instead of rock or heavy metal or even folk music.
Is it because, to these old men, The Blues speak to the eternal struggle to lead a human life that they must wrestle with as the days they have left are less than the days they have lived?
Do The Blues provide a masculine salve for the losses in life or do the The Blues resonate the life left for the living?
I have yet to meet a middle aged woman who took up the guitar and The
Blues. Perhaps they’ve had enough of that melody and rhythm to last a
One older guy said that instead of buying a car for his midlife crisis, he decided to buy a Fender Stratocaster and learn The Blues.
What do you think?
Do old guys take up The Blues for salvation or preservation or something else?